Lifestyle Habits that May Affect Oily Skin

Do you notice your skin is often shiny, your makeup easily “sweats” off your face, and you can never seem to stop a smattering of pimples from attacking your skin? These are the daily woes of people who struggle with oily skin.

If you’ve noticed your skin exhibits quite a bit of shine and you easily break out, you likely have an oily skin type or combination skin type. Take a look at our quick rundown of these two types skin and determine which accurately describes you:

Oily Skin Type

Those who have oily skin often have shine on their face, and may deal with breakouts on a regular basis. Oily skin types usually have larger, more noticeable pores.

Combination Skin Type

This is the most commonly reported skin type. This skin type exhibits two skin types on the face. The skin in the T-zone will often be oily, while the cheeks and other portions of the face may be dry and cracking.

There are many ways that daily habits and lifestyle choices can affect your skin, and impact the appearance of oil.

Get Enough Sleep

Getting the right amount each night is important to holistic health, and it also can significantly affect the look and appearance of the skin. Sleep deprivation can result in insulin resistance. Insulin increases  a hormone that stimulates an increase in the production of sebum.

Keep Your Stress in Check

Be sure to manage your stress, as it has been connected to insulin resistance and worsened breakouts in numerous studies. Exercise regularly, practice meditation, and talk to a friend or family member if you’re feeling overwhelmed.

Always Wear Sunscreen

No matter your skin type, it’s important to use daily SPF skin safe and looking its best. However, with oily skin, it’s important to take a look at the type of sunscreen you’re using to avoid blocking up those pores. Look for sunscreen gels that are labeled oil-free.

If you wear makeup, look for light foundation products that contain SPF for an added bit of protection.

Makeup Practices

Makeup doesn’t necessarily cause acne, but with misuse, it can become a problem. Look for non-comedogenic makeup products, and always apply in light layers. Always be sure to remove every last bit of makeup before going to bed and before working out or heading to the gym.

Avoid any cosmetics that contain fragrances as these can irritate the skin and result in acne blemishes, along with dry, flaky patches on the skin.